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ATaC to hold ‘Know your Responsibilities for Managing Asbestos’ seminars

Learn about the latest legislation and how to manage asbestos safely

ATaC is pleased to announce that ‘Know your Responsibilities for Managing Asbestos’ seminars will be held in September and November.

These half day seminars will be held on 28th September in Glasgow and 23rd November in London, and are being supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The ATaC seminars will cover a number of subjects including the forthcoming analysts guide from the HSE, importance of asbestos exposure monitoring data, clients’ duties under the CDM 2015 regulations, and duty holders legal responsibilities of managing the risks from asbestos.

These seminars will be invaluable to all those with the duty to manage asbestos, including; property owners, facility and estate managers, construction managers, health and safety professionals, as well as asbestos analysts and removal contractors; in sectors such as; construction, housing, education, local authority, NHS, retail and manufacturing.

For more information, and to book a place at one of these half day seminars, at just £35.00 plus vat per delegate, please visit the ATaC website.

 

ARCA announces the Association’s first Charity Week

Over the last few years many ARCA members have supported the Association’s charities raising thousands of pounds, mainly through social events. This year, for the first time, the Association is also holding a Charity Week, 24th – 28th October 2016, with all funds raised going to support two worthwhile causes.ARCA Charity Week LOGO - colour - 145kb

  • Mesothelioma UK – a national resource dedicated to supporting people with asbestos cancer, providing specialist Mesothelioma information, support & improved care and treatment. Also, through donations the charity plans to provide patients across the UK access to mesothelioma clinical nurse specialists.
  • Indee Rose Trust – helps children, and their families, who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour, by providing support such as, bespoke treasure boxes full of treats and holiday accommodation for the children and their families.

“There are some fund raising events already planned as a few members have signed up to some tough challenges and we have social events happening in September and November,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.  “We hope members will support this initiative in some way, whether by running, climbing, playing football or baking cakes, to raise some funds and enjoy themselves too.”

Latest ARCA News Magazine now available online

Issue 93 of the ARCA News magazine is packed with information on the asbestos management industry, news on the Association’s recent activities, guidance and member news.

Did you know ARCA has joined Build UK and launched a new website, and Contamination Expo is a new event at which ARCA will be exhibiting and speaking?

Don’t miss out … read the latest issue of the journal for the asbestos management industry 

ARCA operative training course supports administration staff

It is unusual to see a female undertake an asbestos removal operative training course, yet recently two females attended the course at ARCA.

ARCA_News_Training_New_Operative_Females__LandscapeEven though their roles are in operational administration, these ladies wanted to understand more about asbestos removal on-site and the operative’s duties, to help them in their roles at Colt Industrial Services Ltd.

After the training course Keira Finnerty commented, “I’ve been working for Colt Industrial for almost 17 years supporting our contract managers and assisting with the documentation required for a licensed asbestos removal project. My colleague and I undertook two of the three days to obtain an overview of the asbestos removal process through theoretical and practical training.”

“The course was excellent and the trainer delivered the information well, including demonstrations. I now understand clearly lots of elements, some I’ve only seen on paper, and how critical these are for the safety of our teams, such as face-fit masks and how they work – I even wore one!”

“This ARCA course was a real eye opener for me as I’m new to the industry, I joined Colt Industrial eight months ago and got promoted to the asbestos division of the company this week,” said Hollie Clarkson. “By taking this course I’ve learnt things that I wouldn’t have been able to in the office and I understand what our operatives actually have to do on-site. It has also highlighted the importance of my role in supporting our on-site teams with tasks such as training needs analysis.”

“The trainer, and also all the other candidates, were very welcoming and supportive throughout the course. I never thought I would be building an airlock in my first week of work!”

The ARCA trainer, Shaun Wilson, commented, “It’s great that member companies also consider the training needs of their administration staff, as they have an important role to play in the health and safety of the teams on-site.”

Workshops for Supervisors on analyst’s work

ARCA increases availability due to high demand

Due to demand ARCA is pleased to announce the availability of further workshops, for asbestos removal supervisors, which focus on analyst’s work and the supervisors’ responsibilities.

Workshops have been scheduled throughout the rest of the year with the next workshops being at Rayleigh on 10th June, Burton on 21st June and Glasgow on 28th June.

ARCA created this workshop to support members’ supervisors and managers to gain a better understanding of their responsibilities relating to analyst’s work on an asbestos removal site.  The half-day workshop covers two specific topics, the 4 stage clearance process and personal monitoring.

“The level of interest in this workshop has been very high, so we have arranged further workshops and I’m already discussing in-house workshops with some contractors,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA 

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